09 January 2014

Review - Here Lies Bridget By: Paige Harbison

Title: Here Lies Bridget
Author: Paige Harbison
Publisher: Harlequin, January 18th 2011, 315 pages
From: Bought from The Works bookstore
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: Bridget Duke is the uncontested ruler of her school. The meanest girl with the biggest secret insecurities. And when new girl Anna Judge arrives, things start to fall apart for Bridget: friends don't worship as attentively, teachers don't fall for her wide-eyed look, expulsion looms ahead and the one boy she's always loved can barely even look at her anymore.When a desperate Bridget drives too fast and crashes her car, she ends up in limbo, facing everyone she's wronged and walking a few uncomfortable miles in their shoes. Now she has only one chance to make a last impression. Though she might end up dead, she has one last shot at redemption and the chance to right the wrongs she's inflicted on the people who mean the most to her.And Bridget's about to learn that, sometimes, saying you're sorry just isn't enough.

Review: 3.5 stars. Here Lies Bridget is the story of high school queen Bridget Duke. She enjoys the highlife- parties, spending her Dad’s money and being popular. But at the same time she makes life unbearable for her friends, family and teachers.

The book is written in first person POV, as Bridget tells us how the events unfolded.

When she’s involved in a car accident; her conscience takes over or maybe she’s got a guardian angel that’s trying to ‘show her the light’. Whichever you believe; after the accident Bridget finds herself in the shoes of the people who she made suffer. She is shown what has happened from the other person’s perspective, and in my opinion it was reminiscent in a way of Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.
When she realises how she’s made people suffer. Bridget gets a second chance at life and the opportunity to make things right with her friends and family. She definitely learns a lesson and I do wonder if the author wanted the reader to realise that there is a consequence for the things we do on a daily basis and that some people don’t realise how their behaviour can affect others.

I found it a completely different read to Harbison’s New Girl, which I loved. But I would recommend reading it, if only to make yourself aware that your actions can affect others and that people channel their energy into different things for different reasons-  some of these possibly to hide things that they themselves are insecure about.

I will admit that I almost gave up with this book. However I am glad that I persevered with this book as I really got into it about two thirds of the way in and I enjoyed the end.
I think the reason I nearly gave up was because I disliked Bridget so much. Credit to Paige Harbison that she wrote a character that I felt so strongly about.

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